Family Circle said it had looked for communities that provided "big-city opportunities with suburban charm" and that offered "affordable houses, good jobs, top-rated schools, wide-open spaces and a lot less stress." They also took into account commute times, health care, crime rates, air quality, cultural amenities and volunteerism.
Working with a new New York City research firm, the magazine put together an initial list of 1,850 municipalities with populations between 15,000 and 150,000. Staff then narrowed the list to 800 and then down to the top 10. Franklin was the only New England town chosen.
Read more about this honor in Micheal Morton's article in the Milford Daily News.